Dillon wins sixth Coors Light Pole of season
July 05, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Another qualifying run, another Coors Light Pole award for Austin Dillon.
Dillon’s speed of 178.934 mph equated to a time of 50.298 seconds during Friday afternoon's qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. It was fast enough to oust Travis Pastrana from the provisional pole. It’s the sixth pole of the season for Dillon, all of which have come in the past seven races.
Dillon won four consecutive poles from the Charlotte to Michigan races, then qualified 10th at road course Road America. He won the Coors Light Pole last week at Kentucky.
Starting next to Dillon is Pastrana, who earned the pole at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year. Despite a speed of 178.448 mph (50.435 seconds), Pastrana couldn’t duplicate the feat at the series’ other restrictor-plate track.
Austin Dillon will have a familiar face behind him, too. Ty Dillon, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular and Austin’s younger brother, sped to the third spot in his fifth Nationwide Series race of the year.
The rest of the top 10, starting with sixth-place Justin Allgaier: Allgaier (178.221, 50.499), Kurt Busch (178.172, 50.513), Trevor Bayne (178.147, 50.520), Elliott Sadler (178.140, 50.522) and Brad Sweet (178.056, 50.546).
Series points leader Regan Smith was the second-last driver to qualify, and he’ll start 11th on the grid.
The Subway Firecracker 250 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET Friday and will be televised on ESPN. It's the second NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona this year.